A painting by Bonnie Brown 'Violet Separation' A painting by Brian Bishop 'Dessie'

The Studio at The Slade Centre provides the perfect setting for exhibiting
contemporary art. For visiting artists it can both inspire and
promote creativity.


Since it opened in 2000, The Slade Centre has built an enviable reputation for showing some of the very best works by contemporary artists from the South West and beyond, and has established itself as one of the most important and exciting exhibiting spaces in the area.

The Slade Centre opened with a group exhibition for Dorset Art Weeks and has supported the open studio event ever since. In 2016, Group 7 chose The Slade Centre as their venue. The exhibition was a great success and prompted the Group to suggest a return visit in 2018. The curator, Anne Hitchcock, was determined to introduce a new element to this year's show and was delighted when Peter Symons suggested that the group produce a film to shed light on their studio practice. The film will be showing throughout the exhibition.

Titled Group 7: Connections, the exhibition demonstrates how this group of professional, like-minded artists share an artistic ethos. Their connections are clear and undoubtedly give this show its depth and excitement. That said, there should be no doubt that the artists in the group deserve their individual reputations. The members of the group are are Brian Bishop, Martyn Brewster, Bonnie Brown, Fran Donovan, Michelle Griffiths, Ursula Leach and Peter Symons.

Members of Group 7 will be talking about the work in the exhibition, their practice and the group itself in conversation with Anne Hitchcock on Saturday, 9 June at 2.00pm. To reserve a place please use the contact details below. 

The gallery at The Slade Centre - venue 61 - is open throughout Dorset Art Weeks from Saturday, 26 May to Sunday, 10 June. Opening times are from 11am to 5pm.

For further information on this and other forthcoming exhibitions, or to discuss the possibility of exhibiting at The Slade Centre, contact Anne Hitchcock at the address below.



As those who have participated in a class or workshop at The Slade Centre will attest, The Studio is the perfect space in which to work and is available for hire to artists for short, concentrated periods of work. It is hoped that this will be of benefit to those who wish to take time away from their normal working schedules, perhaps to complete a body of work; to develop new ideas; or rethink their practice in some way.

Elaine Collett, who teaches the art classes at The Slade Centre, has made use of The Studio to complete a major body of work which continues explorations she began during an MA at Arts University Bournemouth. She speaks enthusiastically of her time working in The Studio and says...

‘If it hadn’t been for this space I would never have been able to carry on with the work which I started at Bournemouth. I have been able to paint much larger pieces than would otherwise have been possible, and the peace and quiet has enabled me to focus properly without interruptions. And of course the light is fantastic!’

Elaine held a solo exhibition of her work in October 2014. Entitled Beyond Green, details of this exhibition and the works shown are available on request. She continues to work in The Studio and we look forward to her next exhibition.

To discuss hiring The Studio for your own project, contact Anne Hitchcock at the address below.


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Anne Hitchcock
The Slade Centre
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